“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Joe Bastardi: Media Just ‘Want to Be Popular’ on Climate Change

bastardiClimate alarmists sometimes like to claim skeptical scientists don’t exist, but they do, and one meteorologist had a lot to say on the subject.

In an interview with the MRC’s Business and Media Institute, well-known meteorologist Joe Bastardi dissected and criticized major aspects of the climate change alarmism movement. Drawing on his knowledge of weather and climate history, Bastardi said that “extreme weather” events the media talk about so much are commonplace and the result of normal variability. He also attacked basic arguments about CO2, scientific consensus and alarmist media bias.

Bastardi contended that climate alarmism is “ludicrous” and “not about science.” He didn’t mince words, blasting climate alarmists as living in a “loony world.” He also criticized news media that “simply follow what the majority thinks because they want to be popular” instead of understanding the issue.

Were May and June the Hottest on Record? Actual Data says No

cartoon-climate-excusesWhy is it that the folks in the blogosphere are doing the actual homework that our lazy journalists should be doing? It can't be for lack of money because the data is available to anyone looking for the truth. From Poor Richard's News:

According to a recent press release by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, both May and June were their respective hottest months ever recorded. And, like any dishonest entity with an agenda, the AP along with several other news sites, ran with the story without any shred of actual journalism.

From the AP:

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010’s old record by one-twentieth of a degree.

Tom Steyer and Herb Sandler: Biggest Hypocrites in America

SteyerLiberal megadonor Tom Steyer, failing to raise any significant outside money for his global warming super-PAC, turned to one of his San Francisco neighbors for a million-dollar check. It was Herb Sandler, the subprime mortgage lender at the heart of the housing crisis, and like Steyer a huge hypocrite.

Tom Steyer made his fortune as an international coal financier while enticing investors with a tax-avoidance strategy featuring offshore shelters in the Caymans, Mauritius, and Singapore. Now he’s using that fortune to support liberal Democrats who want to hike taxes and deny hard-working Americans access to the same affordable energy resources that made him rich.

That’s a hard record of hypocrisy to top, but bringing in Herb Sandler does it.

Sue And Settle Another Way For Greens To Halt Progress

ISScasesIf you've never heard of the litigation technique "sue and settle," it's the hottest new strategy for extreme environmentalists to make millions of acres of prime land for ranching, farming, oil and gas drilling, and mining of natural resources off limits for development.

Sue and settle involves a stealth partnership between anti-development Obama administration regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Interior Department and litigious green groups — including Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club — who want to halt fossil fuel development and other projects on federal and even private lands.

The racket is working all too well. Green groups sue the administration to act — to add a species to the endangered list, for example. The Obama administration bypasses normal science reviews and open hearings and caves in to the demands of the green agitators.

Hypocrisy Alert: Climate Alarmists Use More Electricity

gorePeople who say they worry about global warming use more electricity than global warming skeptics, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change reports. The findings undermine assertions by global warming alarmists that skeptics are harming the planet and motivated by self-interest.

Researchers with Loughborough University and Cambridge Architectural Research closely monitored 250 families’ electricity use for more than a year. The researchers surveyed participants on their views regarding global warming. “Taken all together, householders who strongly agreed they were not worried about climate change because it was too far in the future in fact used less electricity rather than more, counter to the hypothesis that households concerned about climate change use less electricity,” the researchers reported.

The Nemesis of Agenda21

agenda21Watching left-wing organizations lose their wits denouncing conservatives is always fun and particularly if you know one of their targets. In my case, that would be Tom DeWeese, the founder and president of the American Policy Center; the most expert and outspoken opponent of Agenda21 in the nation.

In the early 1990s I sent him a commentary and he published it in The DeWeese Report, a publication of the Center, and thereafter I served as the Center’s communications director for a while. These days I am on its board of advisors.

He is a patriot and he lives his love for America by devoting himself to educating people to the dangers of the United Nations Agenda 21 with its emphasis on “sustainable development” and a range of issues involving ill-conceived environmental policies and programs, the importance of private property rights, the threat of federal computer banks to individual privacy rights, as well as issues such as federal education policies in our nation’s schools.

Only about 3% of CO2 in atmosphere due to burning fossil fuels

atmosA new post on The Hockey Schtick reviews a new paper “that finds only about 3.75% [15 ppm] of the CO2 in the lower atmosphere is man-made from the burning of fossil fuels, and thus, the vast remainder of the 400 ppm atmospheric CO2 is from land-use changes and natural sources such as ocean outgassing and plant respiration.”

This new work supports an old table from the Energy Information Administration which shows the same thing: only about 3% of atmospheric carbon dioxide is attributable to human sources.  The numbers are from IPCC data.
Look at the table and do the arithmetic: 23,100/793,100 = 0.029.

Quiet Sun Baffles Scientists

PatersonPatersonResearchers are baffled as the sun has gone quiet during a time in its 11-year-cycle when it should be at its most active. ‘It all underlines that solar physicists really don’t know what the heck is happening on the sun,’ said solar physicist Tony Phillips. ‘We just don’t know how to predict the sun, that is the take away message of this event.’ --Peter Rugg, Daily Mail, 21 July 2014

Ten days ago, the sun was quite active and peppered with several large spots. Now the sun has gone quiet and it is nearly completely blank. This solar cycle continues to rank among the weakest on record which continues the recent trend for increasingly weaker cycles. Going back to 1755, there have been only a few solar cycles in the previous 23 that have had a lower number of sunspots during its maximum phase. For this reason, many solar researchers are calling this current solar maximum a “mini-max”. If history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a negative impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom-most layer of Earth’s atmosphere – and where we all live. --The Si Weather blog, 16 July 2014

A Completely Spotless Sun Baffles Scientists

sunThe Sun has gone eerily quiet recently. As evidenced by recent solar activity and the known history of the solar maximum occurring every 11 years, this phenomenon is quite odd.

Solar maximum is supposed to be the time when the Sun is at its most active. The massive ball of gas should be sporting all kinds of sun spots and solar flares during this timeframe, with slightly less activity over the next few years until it flares up again in another 11 years.

Back in May, as mentioned in this article, the Sun had a rather large spot, but now the surface looks almost as smooth as a baby’s bottom. What’s going on?

The above image, taken by NASA on July 18th, is almost completely devoid of spots, and in fact solar physicist Tony Phillips says this is the wimpiest solar maximum to have occurred during the space age. “It is weird, but it’s not super weird,” he explains. “It all underlines that solar physicists really don’t know what the heck is happening on the Sun. We just don’t know how to predict the Sun, that is the take away message of this event.”

Climate regs back under the microscope

McCarthyMcCarthyA cornerstone of President Obama’s assault on climate change will be back in the spotlight next week, when senators are set to grill the administration’s top environmental official on plans to impose new limits on power plant emissions.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will appear Wednesday before the Environment and Public Works Committee to defend a draft rule meant to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent.

The rule — perhaps the most contentious of any regulation proposed under the Obama administration — has become a lightning rod ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Bamboozled Billionaires

risky business project coverMany prominent persons have adopted a cause, using their prominence and money to support their chosen cause. For example, Bill Gates created a foundation that works to improve the lives of the world’s poorest persons. Sometimes prominent persons adopt false causes, wasting their time and money in pursuit of a dubious goal. The billionaire trio of Henry Paulson, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer have been bamboozled by global warming profiteers.

The 3 billionaires have commissioned a study to promote the global warming scare. It is very clear that the billionaires have embarked on a fool’s quest. Even if one believes in the dubious computer projections of global warming doom, it is clear that the billionaires’ approach does not make sense. They imply that CO2 reduction policies should be adopted in the U.S. and they give the impression that this will result in prevention of a global warming catastrophe. But the CO2 emissions mainly come from Asia and that is where the rapid growth of emissions is. Emissions in the U.S. have been declining. Reducing emissions from the United States is basically a waste of time because even if U.S. emissions were reduced to zero, according to global warming theory it wouldn’t make much difference in the face of massive and rapidly growing emissions in Asia.

Killing marine life with ethanol

ethanol cornEthanol and other biofuel mandates and subsidies got started when politicians bought into claims that we are rapidly depleting our petroleum, and fossil-fuel-driven global warming is boiling the planet.

Hydraulic fracturing destroyed the depletion myth. It also reminds us that “peak oil” applies only if we wrongly assume that resource needs and technologies never change. The 18-year “hiatus” in planetary warming has forced alarmists to change their terminology to climate change, climate disruption and extreme weather mantras – which allow them to continue demanding that we stop using the hydrocarbons that provide 82% of the energy that makes our economy, jobs and living standards possible.

In recent years, people have discovered that ethanol harms lawn mowers and other small engines. The fuel additive also drives up gasoline prices, reduces automotive mileage and corrodes engine parts.

Corn-for-ethanol growers make a lot of money. But meat, egg and fish producers pay more for feed, driving up family food bills. Biofuel mandates also mean aid agencies pay more for corn and wheat, so more malnourished people go hungry longer. This is not what most would call “environmental justice.”  

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